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Facing Fear: The History of an Emotion in Global Perspective

Michael Laffan and Max Weiss


Fear is ubiquitous but slippery. It has been defined as a purely biological reality, derided as an excuse for cowardice, attacked as a force for social control, and even denigrated as an unnatural condition that has no place in the disenchanted world of enlightened modernity. In these times of institutionalized insecurity and global terror, this book sheds light on the meaning, diversity, and dynamism of fear in multiple world-historical contexts, and demonstrates how fear universally binds us to particular presents but also to a broad spectrum of memories, stories, and states in the past. Fro ... More

Keywords: fear, cowardice, social control, modernity, insecurity, terror, Peru, California, Russia, emotions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691153599
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153599.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Laffan, editor
Princeton University

Max Weiss, editor

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Front Matter

Chapter 1 Fear of the Thirty Years War

David Lederer, National University of Ireland Maynooth

Chapter 2 Conceptions of Terror in the European Enlightenment

Ronald Schechter, The College of William & Mary

Chapter 3 “When Fear Rather than Reason Dominates”

Charles Walker, University of California, Davis

Chapter 4 Fear in Colonial California and within the Borderlands

Lisbeth Haas, University of California, Santa Cruz

Chapter 5 Weimar Cinema between Hypnosis and Enlightenment

Andreas Killen, City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Chapter 7 The Persecuted Body

Melani Mcalister, George Washington University

Chapter 8 Danger, Media, and the Urban Experience in Delhi

Ravi Sundaram, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

Chapter 9 Fear of the Past

Alexander Etkind, King’s College, Cambridge

Chapter 10 White Hajjis

Michael Laffan, Princeton University

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